York Region’s annual collision report highlights road safety trends as collisions continue to decrease

York Regional Council received the 2017 Annual Collision Statistics Report, capturing road safety and collision trends on Regional roads.

The annual report found a decrease in the total amount of collisions from 2016, a difference of 456, yet saw an increase in the number of collisions causing injury, 2239 compared to 2101.

“York Region continues to see a decrease in the total number of collisions, and in 2016 the total number of collisions was at a 10-year low,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “As our population continues to grow and there are an increasing number of vehicles on the road, this type of data is vital to ensure we continue to build safe communities.”

The 2017 Annual Collision Report uses a variety of statistics collected including collision rates, traffic volumes, weather and population. Using this information, York Region develops and implements strategies that make Regional roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. This includes creating AODA compliant intersections, building new cycling infrastructure, continuing yearly educational and enforcement initiatives to enhance awareness, installation of new traffic signals at 36 intersections since 2014 and installing an additional 20 red light cameras by the end of 2017.

Additional information found in the report includes November being the month with the highest amount of collisions, Fridays as the weekday with the most collisions, and the month of August with the highest number of cyclist vehicle collisions.

“Road safety is top of mind in York Region, and it is important to have the right initiatives in place to ensure the safety of everyone travelling on our roads,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “The safety initiatives we implement aren’t done in isolation, and with the data collected in this report we can modify as needed to ensure everyone comes home at the end of the day.”

More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices


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